About My HP LaserJet 1022 Printer
HP LaserJet 1022 Review
Having over twice the paper capacity and four times more memory than the LaserJet 1020, the HP LaserJet 1022 can be the ideal solution for the home office or the telecommuter. Delivering high-quality monochrome 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolutions at speeds up to 19 pages per minute, this lightweight USB printer won’t take up a lot of space on your desk, with network and wireless models available.
Coming out of the box at under 14 pounds, the LaserJet 1022 has a footprint of only 15” x 9.5” -- with the paper flip-tray closed. When loaded with paper and the dust cover in place, you’ll need to add an additional 4.5 to 7 inches to it’s total depth. Over an inch taller than the LaserJet 1020, the 1022 comes in three versions: the “letterless” model that connects directly to printer via USB cable, the 1022N with built-in Ethernet for networking, and the wireless 1022NW.
While other manufacturers have warm-up times that can take as long as 30 seconds, HP resolves this by essentially keeping the fuser on standby. It results in the LaserJet 1022 to begin printing in under 8 seconds. The 250-sheet flip-tray will support paperweights from 16# paper to 43# cardstock and sizes ranging from 3” x 5” up to 8.5” x 14” legal size. The 1022’ has a 10-sheet multi-purpose tray for labels, single-feed envelopes, and transparencies.
With HP’s FastRes 1200, the LaserJet’s 600 x 600 dpi resolution is enhanced to produce prints of 1,200 dpi quality, without appreciable loss in speed. This keeps printed text relatively sharp and does a decent job with photographs. Like all LaserJets, the 1022 comes with a Toner Save feature to conserve on toner.
The control panel consists of separate Start and Cancel buttons and three LED indicator lights. The Ready and Go lights are self-explanatory. But the ambiguous Attention light can mean anything from “I’m out of paper” to “Fatal error!” depending on the flash patterns of the LEDs. So it might be a good idea to print a copy of the error codes and tape it to the side of the printer.
HP got their act together when they built the 1022 by bumping the non-expandable memory to 8MB. 8MB is great for personal printing and a single high-res graphics job, but print speed and performance will start to strain if this model is being used as a network printer for a busy office or a classroom (which is where many have be found).
While standing next to a printing LaserJet 1022 can be grating after a few minutes, the 62dB noise level drops to 49db when you’re 3-5 feet away from the printer. To give you an idea of what that means: 60 decibels is the level of typical conversations and 30 decibels would be the noise level of a quiet office. If using the wireless 1022nw model at home, make sure its not in the bedroom when you decide to take out your laptop and print out a file late a night.
At 19 pages per minute, this laser printer is a little on the slow side of printing speeds. With inkjets pushing B&W print speeds of 20 ppm, the 1022 is not the speed demon it once was
The LaserJet 1022 has no upgradability of options. This is good news if you only keep a printer for a few years or if your printing requirements never change. But most users will start off with the basic and quickly want to upgrade to Wi-Fi and get more memory, which means buying different printer.
The LaserJet 1022 does not have the traditional PCL or PostScript emulations, having to rely on the printing emulation drivers from its host computer.